Jailed for attacking victim with a knife

A 28 year old man knew he was heading for prison when he turned up last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court

When James Hackett, Drumgor Heights, Craigavon, stepped into the dock he had a packed holdall with him.

He was sentenced to a total of eights months in custody for a series of offences which included a knife attack on a man.

Hacket had admitted disorderly behaviour and resisting a constable on July 12 this year at Churchill Park in Portadown.

For each offence he was given two months in prison.

He pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and unlawful possession of a knife at Ballyoran Park in Portadown on August 16.

For the threat to kill and assault he was given six months and sentenced to a concurrent four month term for possession of the knife.

The court heard that on August 16 the defendant ran at the injured party with a knife threatening to kill him. He threw him to the ground and attacked him.

The victim received cuts to his ear and skull.

On July 12 police were called to a domestic dispute. Hackett threw a punch at an officer and it took three officers to restrain him.

Mr Brendan Hagan, representing the defendant, said that his client was somewhat fatalistic as he had brought a bag with him.

He added that Hackett knew the injured party and there was some animosity between them.

Mr Hagan explained that the defendant had been drinking heavily at a friend’s house when he saw the injured party and decided to scare him.

On July 12 Mr Hagan said Hackett was intoxicated.